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Hall of Fame Inductees - Class of 2016

  1952-1953 Hockey Team


First year Coach Bob Millett faced the unenviable task of maintaining the Spartans place of prominence in the GBI, arguably the best schoolboy league in the country. Coach Millett had to follow both a legendary coach, the highly successful Doc Gordon and his 51-52 team that had one if not the best hockey season in school history. An opening day loss to perennial hockey powerhouse Arlington cast an immediate pall over the skaters and their legion of loyal followers. From that point the gauntlet was thrown down and the chase to regain their position of prominence in the competitive circuit was on.

The opener was the last regular season loss for SHS as the Spartans surged out of the round robin play to the league playoff round 4-1-2. Two more victories brought the boys full circle; a rematch with Arlington loomed. Trailing the Spy Ponders by two points in the standings the showdown was a must win for the Spy Ponders.

In a game described “as hair-raising a finish the old GBI has ever seen” the cardiac Spartans- no stranger to comebacks and miracle finishes during their desperate season long pursuit defeated Arlington 2-1 as Buddy Chambers (SHS HOF) received a centering pass from Dick Heerter and flipped the puck past the outstretched arm of the Arlington net minder. The Boston Garden crowd of 3,500 erupted as the man famed Boston Globe scribe Gene Mack, Jr. described as “the Bob Cousy of schoolboy hockey” delivered one of the biggest goals in Stoneham hockey history. With their share of the crown secure, the 1952-53 club became just the second group of Stoneham skaters to garner back-to-back GBI honors, matching Cliff Thompson’s (SHS HOF) band from 1936-37.

Five Spartans gained all-star recognition including returning honorees co-captain center man Charlie Sprott and defenseman Bob Barney and his partner Butch Knight (SHS HOF) along with first time all-star left wing Dick Heerter and center Buddy Chambers. Bob Millett earned Coach of the Year accolades for his estimable efforts as the Spartans outscored their opponent by an aggregate total of 32-16. Not even a first round upset loss to BC High in the MET Tourney could tarnish the accomplishments of one of Stoneham’s most determined and colorful teams to ever lace-em-up and take the ice in Blue and White.


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